Cressa australis R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Cressa cretica var. australis (R.Br.) Choisy APNI*
Cressa cretica sensu Harden (1992) non L. APNI*
Description: Perennial to 20 cm high with erect and diffuse branches bearing grey appressed hairs. Suckering habit with large tap-root.
Leaves ovate or lanceolate to elliptic, 2–8 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex acute, sessile to shortly petiolate.
Inflorescence terminal, flowers solitary in axils of leaves, ± sessile, forming short spikes or heads. Sepals obovate, 3.5–5 mm long. Corolla campanulate, c. 4–6 mm long, white; lobes ovate to oblong-ovate, shorter or as long as the tube.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in saline swampy areas and along roadsides, more frequent in southern districts, generally uncommon.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by R. W. Johnson; updated Louisa Murray (2013)
Taxon concept: D.F. Austin (2000)
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